THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
23 August 2017
Opinions : R Balasubramaniam
PARLIAMENT PRIMER
What has your MP done for you?

As elections draw nearer, it is more important than ever to understand the way the Lok Sabha functions and what our Members of Parliament are expected to do. Only then can we assess their performance and who may be the best choice, writes R Balasubramaniam.

Elections Government Laws Voices from the Grassroots

HEALTH SYSTEM
In search of quality care The public's perception that government facilities and services are poor has led them to abandon these in favour of private providers. But those are not necessarily better, writes R Balasubramaniam.
Public Health OP-ED Voices from the Grassroots
DEMOCRACY TODAY
Making politics people-friendly There is an urgent need to make politics belong to the people. A big tweak of the way parties function is needed to ensure this, writes R Balasubramaniam.
OP-ED Voices from the Grassroots
BENEFIT SCHEMES
A permanent poverty Are the numerous benefit schemes really helping anyone get out of poverty, or are they merely petty politics that victimises the poor, asks R Balasubramaniam.
OP-ED KARNATAKA Voices from the Grassroots
RATION SHOPS
A flawed food security system The unseen impact of corruption on the millions of the deserving poor does not seem to affect our collective conscience. We are losing a great opportunity to show we care, writes R Balasubramaniam.
Food Security OP-ED KARNATAKA Voices from the Grassroots
POVERTY / SUICIDE
Who killed Sathyamma? The State and society must understand that only when we facilitate and provide safety nets and ladders can people in desperate economic conditions hope to get out of the poverty trap, writes R Balasubramaniam.
Food Security OP-ED Voices from the Grassroots
VOICES FROM THE GRASSROOTS
The way we used to eat The government distributes rice and wheat to tribals through the PDS, unmindful of their diet and its cultural links. This gives them food security, but takes away their autonomous lives, writes R Balasubramaniam.
Food Security OP-ED Voices from the Grassroots
VOICES FROM THE GRASSROOTS
Setting their own paths Women are no longer content with the status quo, and unwilling to wait till men dish out empowerment as a special privilege or favour. We must accelerate this trend, writes R Balasubramaniam.
OP-ED Women Voices from the Grassroots
VOICES FROM THE GRASSROOTS
Can you really empower me? Only when we think of providing the basic necessities to the millions of poor women around India will empowerment mean anything for them, writes R Balasubramaniam.
OP-ED Poverty Voices from the Grassroots
OPINION
Empowering communities the right way Community engagement should be born out of respect for the participating community members and their capacities rather than as tokenism needed to fulfill a program requirement, writes R Balasubramaniam.
Panchayats OP-ED Voices from the Grassroots
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Amitabha Basu
  • Retired Scientist
  • National Physical
  • Laboratory
  • India Together reader